- Chitwan National Park
This renowned park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger
Visit this famous Nepalese city - sometimes known as the ‘City of Glory’
- Pokhara Valley
The picturesque Pokhara Valley is surrounded by soaring mountains, serene lakes and traditional villages
- The Taj Mahal
See the stunningly beautiful Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his wife Mumtaz
- Small Group 18 or less
- VIP door to door
Visit Delhi, Jaipur, Kathmandu and more
On this tour you'll be able to enjoy some of the highlights of two remarkable countries – India and the Himalayan country of Nepal. From the busy streets of Delhi to the Maharaja's Palace in Jaipur, the serene beauty of the Taj Mahal and bustling Kathmandu. You'll also discover the natural world with visits to India’s Ranthambore National Park, and UNESCO-listed Chitwan National Park in Nepal, both havens for wildlife including the elusive Bengal Tiger.
16 nights in hotels and 1 in flight
30 meals: 16 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L) and 10 dinners (D)
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Return flights and transfers
- Saga tour manager
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage at all hotels
- Tourist visa for full British Citizens resident in the UK
- Tour of Old and New Delhi
- Visit to the Amber Fort
- Tour of Jaipur
- Ranthambore National Park
- Tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fatehpur Sikri
- Visit the Taj Mahal just around sunrise
- Tour of Kathmandu
Day 1 UK-Delhi
After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart in the evening for your overnight flight to Delhi.
Day 2 Delhi
Upon arrival travel to the locally rated 4-star Holiday Inn New Delhi Mayur Vihar Noida, your base for the next two nights. This evening, there will be an introductory talk on Indian history. D
Day 3 Delhi
Spend the morning exploring Old and New Delhi on an included tour.
The British captured this ancient city in 1803 and made it capital of India in 1911. They commissioned Sir Edwin Lutyens to design a new city with architecture that is amongst the most striking in the world. Begin with a visit to the Raj Ghat memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, then visit St James Church. You'll drive past the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, en route to New Delhi. Here, you'll take a trip to the mausoleum of emperor Humayun, a forerunner to Mughal architecture with its focus on domes and symmetry. Then drive past the India Gate, an iconic national monument in the heart of the city, built to commemorate the sacrifice of Indian soldiers during World War I.
A highlight of your tour is certain to be a visit to the Lotus Temple – built from white marble to resemble a lotus flower and one of only seven houses of worship dedicated to the Bahá'í religion in the world. B, D
Day 4 Delhi to Jaipur
Travel to Jaipur.
Your journey will give you a glimpse of life in rural India as you pass crowded buses, ox carts, 1950s-style Hindustan Ambassador cars and Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycles! Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan, a romantic realm of resplendent palaces, mighty fortresses and regal maharajahs in the western deserts of India. Stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Crowne Plaza hotel.
Spend the afternoon at leisure. B, D
Day 5 Jaipur
Today's full-day sightseeing tour visits the mighty Amber Fort.
Inside you can visit the relatively simple earlier palaces before, in just a few decades, the Mughal influence permeated the Rajput court and is evident in the splendid and ornate halls of audiences, residential palaces and gardens. This afternoon you'll visit the Maharaja's City Palace, a sprawling royal residence with a museum and armoury. Afterwards you'll visit the Jantar Mantar – a collection of 14 astronomical instruments used to scan the celestial bodies with extraordinary accuracy. You can see the shadow of the 27-metre sundial moving at a rate of around 1mm per second.
Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure. B, D
Day 6 Jaipur to Ranthambore
After breakfast, travel by coach to Ranthambore.
This national park is among the largest in India at 392 square kilometres, and is known for its tiger population. Once the hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur it is now a major reserve and haven. The park is made up of glorious, wild jungle, plateaux and plains.
You'll spend the next two nights at the locally rated 3-star The Pugmark Hotel. B, D
Day 7 Ranthambore
Before breakfast this morning head to the national park for a safari.
The park is home to stately sambar, the largest species of Asiatic deer, along with a wealth of woodland, ground and water birds. You might also be able to spot crocodiles and other marine reptiles lurking in the waters and, of course, the tigers for which the park is famous. The name of the park comes from the 1000 year-old fort that watches over the wilderness. This afternoon there's another included safari.
After spending the day exploring the wilderness, return to the resort for a relaxing evening. B, L, D
Day 8 Ranthambore to Bharatpur to Agra
Travel by train to Bharatpur, a journey of around 140 minutes.
On arrival you'll head to the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri for an included tour. Built by the Mughal emperor Akbar in 1571, it was the Mughal capital for just 14 years, before being abandoned due to the lack of water in the area. The entire city is made of red sandstone, and remains quite beautiful. Entrance to the fort is through the road built by Emperor Akbar, which leads to the Buland Darwaza, a huge 54-metre-high gateway. While here you can also see the Hiran Minar, built in memory of his favourite elephant, the Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti, Birbal’s House and the Diwan-I-Khas, a private audience hall.
Your journey continues to Agra, where you'll stay at the the locally rated 4-star Jaypee Palace Hotel for two nights. B, D
Day 9 The Taj Mahal
An included excursion this morning takes you to see the sublime Taj Mahal in Agra in the early morning sun, reflecting changing colours on the white marble.
Commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz, as a place to enshrine her remains, it now stands testimony to Mughal ingenuity and architecture. It took around 22 years and over 20,000 workers and craftsmen to complete it. This afternoon visit the Agra Fort. Originally planned as an impregnable military structure, the fort demonstrates the elegance, lavishness and majesty of an imperial palace. Inside is a complex of buildings, several of which are marble and have beautiful carvings. The pavilion balconies give clear views of the Taj Mahal and River Yamuna. B, D
Day 10 Agra-Kathmandu-Nargakot
Fly to Kathmandu from where you will transfer to the locally rated 4-star Mystic Mountain Hotel, Nargakot.
Situated against a backdrop of villages and terraced fields and overlooking a valley facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool, gym and spa (charges apply). Each of the bedrooms has a balcony terrace, telephone, television, coffee maker, hairdryer, safe and free Wi-Fi. Enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel this evening. B, D
Day 11 Nargakot to Kathmandu
Watch the sun rise over the Himalayas from your hotel before heading to the city of Bhaktapur for a city tour.
Forming part of the Kathmandu Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city suffered damage during the 2015 earthquake, but many of its fine buildings survived. Watch for the 55 Window Palace – now housing the National Art Gallery, the Golden Gate and the Durbar Square. Look forward to enjoying lunch with a local family in their home before enjoying a walk through the village of Gundu when you can see the work of the local farmers.
Later, transfer to Kathmandu where you stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Malla Hotel. B, L
Day 12 Kathmandu
Discover the city of Kathmandu as a morning tour reveals the famous Durbar Square at the heart of this ancient city. You’ll also see Boudhanath Stupa with its domed, white and gold exterior, a symbol of enlightenment and flanked by monasteries.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to relax or perhaps explore independently. B
Day 13 Kathmandu to Pokhara
Transfer by road to Pokhara where you will stay for the next three nights at the locally rated 3-star Waterfront Resort overlooking Phewa Lake. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, coffee bar and outdoor swimming pool. Each of the 58 bedrooms is equipped with the television, telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. B
Day 14 Pokhara
Look forward to an included morning visit to the Gurkha Museum, whose displays look at the lives of Gurkha soldiers and their involvement in past conflicts. There will also be an opportunity to meet a Gurkha veteran who will offer insights into life as Gurkha.
Look forward to the afternoon at leisure to relax or explore independently. B
Day 15 Pokhara
Travel to Kalabang where you can watch the sunrise over the mountains of the Himalayas. Afterwards set off for a village hike and visit to a coffee plantation.
Enjoy this afternoon at leisure. B
Day 16 Pokhara to Kathmandu
Embark on your drive back to Kathmandu where you will stay at the locally rated 5-star Malla Hotel again for two nights. B, D
Day 17 Kathmandu
Enjoy today at leisure, with a farewell meal this evening. B, D
Day 18 Kathmandu to the UK
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B
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Enjoy three additional nights after your tour at the locally rated 4-star Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge, where you can enjoy stunning mountain views. Your stay includes birdwatching or cultural walks in local villages and forests around the lodge and one complimentary transfer into Pokhara.
Return to Kathmandu for one night at the locally rated 4-star Malla Hotel, before your flight back to the UK.